Tish Around The Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

If you missed the Taste of Atlanta this year, you missed what could almost be described as a festival for your taste buds! The Taste of Atlanta is a staple food, wine & cocktail festival that has been around for over a decade. The 3-day food festival featured 90 restaurants, 4 live cooking stages, and the option of enjoying the VIP Experience, which included sample cocktails, craft beers and wines from around the world.

I had the opportunity to cover this event on Sunday and it was truly the highlight of my weekend. I attended the event with my brother, George who also was my photographer for the day, and my good buddy Angela, who was very instrumental in brining Tish Around Town to life.

The weather was prefect, which was a key ingredient to making Sunday a perfect day for tasting some of the best food Atlanta has to offer. Our taste buds were aroused with the smell of good food even before we entered the gates. Everything looked tempting so I knew we were in store for a tasty day. We started with getting the lay of the land, and coming up with the perfect plan for eating our way through the streets of Tech Square. The coordinators of this festival made it easy for getting around by grouping the restaurants by neighborhoods. This was a great way to experience food from a particular neighborhood or area of town.

I’ve been to a few food festivals in my day, and the one thing I can say about the Taste of Atlanta, is the food portion to food ticket ratio was perfect for tasting. The majority of the tastings were 2 – 3 tickets each, and most of the portions could be shared to allow for you to taste more food. On top of tasting the food, there were some fun interactive chef demos and food competitions featuring some of Atlanta’s best chefs.

I had a great time meeting some of my social media friends, and I made some new friends along the way. If you like trying different foods, or want to learn more about food, make sure you add the Taste of Atlanta on your list of things to do in 2015. This is a Tish Around Town approved festival, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I will let the pictures below tell my Taste of Atlanta culinary journey. See you next year!

Our firs stop was at Aja's booth.  The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Our first stop was at Aja’s booth. The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta!  #GramFam

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta! #GramFam

Jim N' Nick's BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

BurgerFi had he longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

BurgerFi had the longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N' Cheese was delicious!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N’ Cheese was delicious!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta.  Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta. Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Cafe Intermezzo's Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Cafe Intermezzo’s Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Big Pretzel!

Big Pretzel!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

Photos Credit:  George Hinchen III aka Mr. Armani 

At The Table With Tish – 10th & Piedmont

10th & Piedmont in Midtown

10th & Piedmont in Midtown

I truly believe that a life well lived should include new, interesting and fun experiences with people who also have that same zest for life. It is this passion for life that motivated me to create At The Table With Tish, hosted by yours truly, is my version of a Supper Club. It is a gathering of new and old friends that enjoy experiencing new foods, fabulous adult beverages and great conversation. I wanted to launch this event at just the right time, and Midtown Restaurant Week provided the perfect opportunity and I knew exactly where to go.

At The Table With Tish

At The Table With Tish

I picked 10th & Piedmont for their fun atmosphere, great food and craft cocktails, but I can’t leave out their International Vodka Bar with over 150 vodkas to choose from. I’ve been to 10th & Piedmont a few times, and each time I have a great dining experience, so I wanted share this with my followers. I was blessed to have 18 people attend with various backgrounds and social experiences, which made for a night of stimulating conversations and tons of laughter.

The evening started with cocktails and introductions. 10th & Piedmont has a large menu of cocktails and vodka flights to pick from. They also have a Vodka Passport Program that will allow you taste vodka from all over the world. We had a few people to signup for a passport and enjoy the vodka flights, which featured 4 different vodkas chilled on ice. Imagine that!

10 & Piedmont Vodka Passport

10 & Piedmont Vodka Passport Program

Flavored Vodka Flight - Absolute Berri Acai / Chambord Black Raspberry Sky Blood Orange-National / Rain Cucumber Lime

Flavored Vodka Flight – Absolute Berri Acai / Chambord Black Raspberry Sky Blood Orange-National / Rain Cucumber Lime

Basil Lemon Fizz - Ketel One Citroen vodka, muddled fresh basil and lemon, house-made ginger syrup, soda water

Basil Lemon Fizz – Ketel One Citroen vodka, muddled fresh basil and lemon, house-made ginger syrup, soda water

10th & Piedmont was gracious to provide our group with some delicious appetizers before dinner. Some people ordered from the 3-course restaurant week menu, and some ordered from the sharable dinner menu. This allowed the group to enjoy a variety of food from the two different menus. Looking around, I was reminded of a big family dinner. The food was so delicious that the group couldn’t help but share. They were passing dishes and sharing with each other, which is a spin on the traditional Supper Club.

Southern Pot Stickers provided by 10th & Piedmont

Southern Pot Stickers appetizer provided by 10th & Piedmont

10 & Piedmont Signature Chicken & Waffles

10 & Piedmont Signature Chicken & Waffles

Jerk Mahi Mahi with coconut ginger rice topped with tropical pineapple salsa

Jerk Mahi Mahi with coconut ginger rice topped with tropical pineapple salsa

Chocolate Soufflé made fresh to order

Chocolate Soufflé made fresh to order

The night was amazing and I owe a huge thanks to the staff at 10th & Piedmont and the attendees for making the event a success. Thanks to Bill for assisting me with coordinating the dinner, and to Sheneka for your attentive & personable service.

It was truly a night to remember; part of a life well lived.

Follow me on social media for the next At The Table With Tish and other meetup events!

Make sure you check out 10th & Piedmont weekly specials:
Monday – ½ price wine bottles
Tuesday – Sharable Experience for 2 (salad, 3 sharable entrees & dessert for $25)
Monday – Friday 5pm to 7pm – Happy Hour Menu 50% off

Location:
Neighborhood/Area: Midtown
991 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404.602.5510
http://www.communitashospitality.com/10th-and-piedmont/

10th & Piedmont is part of Communitas Hospitality. The other restaurants in this group are G’s Midtown (formally known as Gilbert’s) & HOBNOB.

Ayanna was one of the winners of the private wine tasting hosted by yours truly

Ayanna was one of the winners of the private wine tasting hosted by yours truly

Buttons showing her Vodka Flight

Buttons showing the table her Vodka Flight

The newlyweds came to join us

The newlyweds came to join us

Thanks Aisha for bring Carla

My #GramFam Aisha and her friend Carla

My fellow blogger Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life

My fellow blogger Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life

Love thy neighbor, The Johnsons

Love thy neighbor, The Johnsons

Angela enjoying the Chocolate Soufflé

Angela enjoying the Chocolate Soufflé

Photo Credit:  Mario Benoit aka Mister Media and 10th & Piedmont